On the back of last week’s defeat at home to Brentford, Leyton Orient have to pick themselves up as they travel to Walsall on Saturday.
Russell Slade’s men will be gutted to have lost against their promotion rivals last week but having seen Wolves draw at home to Shrewsbury before losing away to Crawley, there could well be a few more twists and turns in the League One promotion race before the season comes to the end.
With nine matches remaining, Orient prepare for the challenge of Dean Smith’s Walsall side at the Banks’s Stadium.
The Saddlers looked set to pick up all three points at Rotherham last Saturday, only to be denied by Nicky Adam’s 89th minute equaliser and extend their run without a win to nine matches.
Despite having started the season well, Walsall have not won in the league since January and look set to miss out on the play-offs as they are nine points behind 6th placed Peterborough and sit in 8th having played once more.
VitalOrient previews the upcoming clash.
Walsall Team News:
Walsall will be without Ben Purkiss who serves a one-match suspension.
Paul Downing is expected to replace Purkiss in the Saddlers defence.
Dean Holden remains on the sidelines having picked up a knee injury at the start of February.
Player to watch: Milan Lalkovic
Milan Lalkovic will have to be marked closely if Orient are to return to winning ways on Saturday.
The on-loan Chelsea striker proved to be a real threat in both of the meetings at Brisbane Road earlier on this season, causing problems with his electric pace.
Lalkovic, 21, scored in Walsall’s 1-1 draw at Rotherham to take his tally to six for the season and can operate both on the wing or up front.
Leyton Orient Team News:
Mathieu Baudry is in line for a return after missing the previous four matches with a hamstring injury.
Orient will also be keeping a close eye on midfield duo Romain Vincelot and Lloyd James who are nursing slight knocks.
Player to watch: David Mooney
Orient’s top goalscorer will be hoping to return to scoring ways as he closes in on the 20 goal landmark.
The Irishman has scored 18 goals this season, but has not found the net in his previous three matches.
Orient fans will be looking towards Mooney to fire the O’s to victory and keep the pressure on Wolves and Brentford.
Match Facts & Stats
Orient can set a new club record if they register their 12th away win of the season at the Banks’s Stadium on Saturday.
The O’s are unbeaten in their previous five meetings against Walsall, winning three of the matches and drawing twice.
Orient have won 29 out of the 68 matches contested by the two teams.
Tim Robinson will take charge of the League One encounter.
Bradford (A) March 25; Shrewsbury (H) March 29; Port Vale (A) April 5
Oldham (H) March 25; Bradford (H) March 29; Sheffield United (A) April 5
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